Mycelium Kit and the potential of biomaterial

Being quarantined for almost a year, it is so nice to get some fresh air outside, especially in nature. This weekend I went to Laguna Beach Cliff Hike with my sister and her puppy Willow for collecting invasive plants. The process was pretty interesting because my focus was looking for invasive plants instead of hiking so it turns out like a Scavenger Hunt game. I wanted to collect eucalyptus on the trail, however, there was a lot of shrub and it was not easy to find eucalyptus trees. Luckily, I found Forget Me Nots at the end of our hiking in which the color will come out great in dyeing. Also, I found a branch of eucalyptus on a street after a 30-minute random drive. The app iNaturalist helps a lot with looking for invasive plants. Before, I had no idea invasive plants could do with color dyeing but now I am so excited to have fun in Emma’s workshop.

         

        

So this week we learned about fungi and mycelium from Kaitlin’s lecture, it was nice to get to know fungi could be a good thing as all I can think about is mold on food before having this lecture. And I finally started my mycelium kit, the process was easier than I thought and I am so excited to make shape of it later. 

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Continuing what I discussed in my last blog, I am looking for potential alternative materials that are sustainable and environmentally friendly in which I think mycelium could be one of the candidates other than scoby. As Kaitlin introduced in the lecture, there are artists who make arts with mycelium and bio-fabrication. So I found a pop-up performing space named “The Growing Pavilion '' constructed by a lot of natural materials, for example, mushroom mycelium panels, timber frame, floors made of compressed cattail, in which the panels can be disassembled and repurposed in the future. With that being said, it will keep growing! The artists Pascal Leboucq and Erik Klarenbeek wish to promote the potential of biomaterial through this art piece. Thus, I was also amazed that an American start-up used a 3D bioprinter to make an artificial raw beef meat. Making out of biological material, I am personally interested in trying it out. 

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Here’s how my kombucha looks this week. The color is still pretty dark and the scoby is sinking in the middle of the jar. Will see how it goes in the coming week and I can’t wait to taste it!